Best keyboard for iMac?
Thread poster: Evdoxia Renta

Evdoxia Renta
United Kingdom
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Aug 5, 2013

Hi,

I've recently migrated from PC to Mac.
While I was ready to buy the long Mac keyboard, some friends advised me to use my old Logitech solar keyboard. And I did!

The problem is that some shortcuts do not work in Logitech.
For example, I can't press SHIFT+CTRL+right arrow to move/select per word.
Also, none of the functional keys work (volume on/off, calculator, mute, etc).

I haven't been able to find any app that will make my Logitech compatible with the mac.

Which keyboard do you currently use?

thank you
evi





[Edited at 2013-08-05 12:20 GMT]


 

Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
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Mac hater passing by Aug 5, 2013

Evdoxia Renta wrote:

Hi,

I've recently migrated from PC to Mac.
While I was ready to buy the long Mac keyboard, some friends advised me to use my old Logitech solar keyboard. And I did!

The problem is that some shortcuts do not work in Logitech.
For example, I can't press SHIFT+CTRL+right arrow to move/select per word.
Also, none of the functional keys work (volume on/off, calculator, mute, etc).

I haven't been able to find any app that will make my Logitech compatible with the mac.

Which keyboard do you currently use?

thank you
evi





[Edited at 2013-08-05 12:20 GMT]

If my knowledge is correct, it's not so much that the keys are not working as that MacOS maps keys differently from Windows, so the shortcuts may very well work; it's just not on the same keys as you are used to.

Solution A is to find out what the corresponding keys are and stick a label on them.
Solution B, of course, is to buy a Mac keyboard. And I'll be darned if I knew why Apple refuses to produce keyboards with real keys that actually makes you feel like you're typing.

[Edited at 2013-08-05 13:02 GMT]


 

Carolyn Yohn  Identity Verified
United States
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French to English
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Tactile Pro Aug 5, 2013

I can't speak to your shortcut issues (though it is true that Macs map them differently---I love how much easier it is to type accent marks on my Mac!). However, I can tell you that I am in love with my keyboard, the Tactile Pro:
http://matias.ca/tactilepro/

It can be a little loud, so if you have young children that take naps or you tend to work late into the night and have a roommate, it could be a problem. But the keys are very responsive, you don't have to strike as firmly, and it feels like a "real" keyboard. I highly recommend it!


 

wilhelm_zwo (X)
Netherlands
Local time: 13:12
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Keys Aug 5, 2013


For example, I can't press SHIFT+CTRL+right arrow to move/select per word.
Also, none of the functional keys work (volume on/off, calculator, mute, etc).


That is ALT instead of CTRL on a Mac:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343

About the function keys not working: either press Fn + function key, or tick this box:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15919910/MBP/Screen%20Shot%202013-08-05%20at%206.48.19%20PM.png


 

Meta Arkadia
Local time: 18:12
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Play the guitar, Aug 6, 2013

well, not that big, use the much smaller, misspelled Ukelele. It's seems it even comes with predefined layouts for Logitec. This mini guitar is "free" at that.
I don't use Ukelele, though, I prefer the superior wireless aluminum  keyboard.

Cheers,

Hans


 


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